New Jersey says it's cracking down on bars and restaurants amid claims that they're substituting premium alcoholic beverage brands with "well brand spirits," unbeknownst to customers.
With combined efforts from the New Jersey Division of Alcoholic Beverage Control and the Division of Criminal Justice, "Operation Swill" started Wednesday.
The New Jersey Attorney General's Office said in a news release that certain alcoholic beverage inventories were seized and 29 licensed restaurants and bars were served for their records.
The investigation will last for about a year, and it came about after the suggestion that some of these 29 establishments were filling premium-brand alcohol bottles with non-premium brands instead to fool customers and increase profits, according to a news release.
Customers were under the impression that they were drinking and paying for the premium brand, the state alleges.
Citizen complaints and confidential informants drove more than 100 investigators to execute this operation, the attorney general's office says.
A news conference is planned for Thursday morning to release more details on "Operation Swill."
The holiday weekend is looking warmer and unsettled. Shower and thunderstorm chances increase late Sunday and Labor Day.
Temperatures will warm headed into Labor Day. Saturday is the pick day of the holiday weekend with dry conditions and highs in the low 80s.
It turns hot and humid by Sunday with sct. shower and thunderstorm chances increasing N&W anytime after 2/3PM. It should remain dry down the shore all day Saturday and most if not all of Sunday.
Saturday (82/62): Sun/Clouds
Sunday (89/70): Clouds/Storm
Monday (90/74): Clouds/Storm
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